In a new YouTube video, actor, writer, musician, and Utah YouTube sensation, Stuart Edge, shares his ingenious way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. Known for his pranks, magics, and flash mob videos, in this video, a giant teddy bear and hands out roses and teddy bears to random people he meets along the way. Most people have a look of amazement on their faces, but all seem pleasantly surprised to receive a red rose a small teddy bear from the giant bear. Some even show their love and appreciation by giving the bear a hug and posing for pictures with him.
Each year February 14 is traditionally set aside for the celebration of Valentine’s Day. Besides the United States, Valentine’s Day is also celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.
In America, the idea of exchanging hand-made valentines probably began in the early 1700s. By the 1840s, Esther A. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine” began selling the first mass-produced valentines. Her elaborate creations were made with real lace, ribbons, and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Per the Greeting Card Association, approximately 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent yearly, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas (an estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas). And approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women.
People around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day in various ways. Some people show their appreciation for the people they love or adore by sending them a card that expresses their affection. Others give gifts such as chocolates, heart-shaped cookies, jewelry, and flowers, particularly roses, to their partners or admirers. Still, others may choose to take their loved ones out for a romantic dinner at their favorite restaurant that has a relaxed ambiance. And there are also those who may choose the day as the perfect time to propose or get married. However, Valentine’s Day can be more than just a day to focus on romance, in some social circles and cultures, it is also a time to show appreciation for friends.
Regardless of how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Stuart Edge’s video is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and perhaps give you some ideas of your own as to how to show your love to that special someone not only on Valentine’s Day but every day.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Latter-day Saint Musicians!